Rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, has died.

His family confirmed his death in a statement released earlier today, which reads, “We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name Earl Simmons, passed away at 50 years old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days”.

After the news was confirmed and made public, both fans and celebrities sent condolences to his family.

Over on Twitter, Gabrielle Union wrote, “no words right now. Nothing but fierce love, prayers and protection for X’s family, friends and fans. This loss is devastating”. Akon wrote, “#RIPDMX Thank you for the music, you’ll be missed”, actor Viola Davis said, “RIP DMX I pray for the comfort of your children and loved ones”, while Lebron James said, “X4L!! Rest in Paradise LEGEND!!

His label, Def Jam Records wrote, “DMX was a brilliant artist and an inspiration to millions around the world. His message of triumph over struggle, his search for the light out of darkness, his pursuit of truth and grace brought us closer to our own humanity. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who loved him and were touched by him.” Labelmate, Eve, also commented on DMX’s passing, “You were one of the most special people I have ever met. Full of humour, talent, wisdom and love and most of all loyalty.”

The multi-platinum rapper was well known for his gruff tone and his chart-topping hip-hop anthems such as ‘Party Up (Up in Here)‘, ‘What’s My Name?‘ and ‘X Gon’ Give It to Ya.’

The Ruff Ryders icon was hospitalised on April 3 after suffering a heart attack triggered by a reported drug overdose. He was 50 years old.